Not many people are willing to put themselves out there and create a startup.
But it’s my opinion that startups bring out the best in us as people.
Yes, admittedly, it can bring out the worst – greed, burnout, stress, anger, time away from family, dishonesty.
But this article looks at the bright side of startups. Becoming an entrepreneur is one of the ways we can be all God created us to be. If we stand on God’s Word, and protect ourselves from the dangers of startups, we can be powerhouses in our cities. Flourish.
It’s really an amazing thing to take an idea and make it real. Startups do just that. You get to tap into creative outlets that you didn’t know you had, and you produce something new. It’s beautiful, and it mimics God’s creative capabilities.Take an idea and make it real. #startup Click To Tweet
Startups go hand-in-hand with obstacles. But part of God’s narrative for all of us to overcome great difficulties. The Scriptures tell us to persevere in trials when it comes to standing firm in our faith. But it is a character-quality that forces its way out in the context of startups as well.
If you’re an entrepreneur, you know what it means to bootstrap it. You put up the money up front, and you spend every last dollar to your name. But then you gotta find a way to continue to grow your business. So you simply find ways. You use whatever resources available, whether they be network relationships, free services, calling in favors, taking a great risk, etc.
You make it happen. Just like MacGuyver.
You don’t create a startup if you don’t care about your product. It’s just way too much work. But when you grind it out every day doing things you’re inept at, gaining skills and learning lessons along the way, and building your company, it shows how passionate you really are. And people with passion are attractive.
Let the venture capitalists and the elder boards be risk-averse. As an entrepreneur, you have to become comfortable with risk. And when you do, you are able to accomplish so much more. Don’t be stupid, of course, but that age-old saying is true: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
If you’re in business, it’s really just another way of saying you’re in the business of people. If you’re the CEO of your startup, you are necessarily in leadership of your team and whatever employees you can afford to bring on. You’ll simply have to grow to learn how to serve them, and to serve your community through your business.
People who have never put themselves out there in bold ways, don’t really understand the pressure and the scrutiny. They feel free to criticize and even mock. But in a startup, you not only put your assets on the line, you put your reputation on the line. You gotta be bold, or they’ll eat you alive. And sometimes, they still will.You gotta be bold, or they'll eat you alive. #startup Click To Tweet
Yes, be humble, do not be proud, and give glory to God for everything. But be bold in what God has enabled you to do.
People who don’t lead and don’t take risks and don’t put themselves out there will never impact anyone. For us as Christians, impact is the only reason we stick around in this life and not just go to see the Lord right this very minute!
Impacting others is our sole purpose. Chew on that one for a little while.
Startups teach us how to impact people, culture, society.
And those are lessons we need to learn if we’re going to make disciples, baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20). Not saying you have to be a businessman in order to impact our cities. But it doesn’t hurt to learn these lessons in any arena, business or not.
God made us human, and the qualities listed in this article are some of the best things humans can be and do. It’s how we flourish. It’s how we’re going to take care of our cities.